29 September 2020 – Singapore Sailing Federation (SingaporeSailing) held its 54th Annual General Meeting (AGM) online and re-elected current President Dr Lincoln Chee for a second term. Vice-President Pamela Goh was also re-elected with multiple Asian Games and SEA Games medallist Roy Tay filling the other Vice-President role and SEA Games Gold Medallist Tok Lee Ching as Deputy Treasurer.
Under temporary measures due to COVID-19, the SingaporeSailing AGM which was usually held before 30 June each year was postponed by three months with the hope that restrictions on gathering would be eased to allow a physical meeting. However, with the nation still in Phase 2 of the re-opening from the Circuit Breaker, the Executive Committee came to a decision in early September that an online AGM shall be held.
Newly elected President Dr Lincoln Chee touched on the key performance of the sailors at the Olympic level with the 49erFX pair of Kimberley Lim and Cecilia Low qualifying Singapore for a berth at the 2021 Olympic Games. He also gave a sneak preview of what is to come with new events from the 2024 Olympic Games and introduced promising junior Kitefoiler Maximillian Maeder, 13, who is currently ranked 2nd Asian and overall 17th out of 122 in the 2019 Kitefoil World Series Standings.
Dr Lincoln Chee said, “I am thankful that my team and I are entrusted by the sailing community to lead the federation through these challenging times. We will be engaging our stakeholders and club members to see how sailing activities can be resumed fully as it is an important part of our physical and mental well being. We also want to encourage our sailors who are still campaigning for the Olympic Games to not stop pursuing their dreams and we are all behind their efforts.”
Multiple SEA Games medallist and 2006 Asian Games Gold medallist Roy Tay who most recently donned National colours with a silver medal performance at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Keelboat fleet racing event was elected as Vice-President. Roy said, “Having been part of the success of SingaporeSailing as a sailor, it is only natural to make good use of the knowledge and experience gained and help pave the way for the young ones, like how my seniors did for me.”
2005 Southeast Asian Games gold medallist in the 470 class, Tok Lee Ching, a lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic was elected as Deputy Treasurer. She was formerly a sports administrator with the then Singapore Sports Council (former name of Sport Singapore). Lee Ching said, “Sailing and windsurfing are fun sports that can be enjoyed by everyone. I had the opportunity to train and compete at a high level. This is made possible because of the clubs, facilities and coaching personnel. My contribution will be to make sailing and windsurfing more accessible to everyone so more get to enjoy these sports.”
The SingaporeSailing Executive Committee has its terms staggered to ensure continuity in its strategies and policies. The office-holders are:
President – Dr Lincoln Chee (2020-2022)
Deputy President – Mr Stanley Chan (2019-2021)
Vice President – Mr Jevan Tan (2019 – 2021)
Vice President – Ms Pamela Goh (2020-2022)
Vice President – Mr Roy Tay (2020-2022)
Honorary Treasurer – Ms Mok Kah Mun (2019-2021)
Deputy Treasurer – Ms Tok Lee Ching (2020-2022)
Co-opted member – Mr Ruper Ong (1-year term)
Co-opted member – Mr Khor Teck Lin (1-year term)
Honorary Advisor – Dr Ben Tan (1-year term)